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These 2 Rochdale youngsters are guaranteed to cause Man City u23s problems

Rochdale has had an average start to the season, but certain performances from certain players show that they can cause their opponents an issue or two on their day…

Rochdale have won two, drawn three and lost one league game in EFL League One so far, leaving them in eleventh place. With regards to Rochdale’s usual form, things are actually on the up in Rochdale this season.

When The Dale beat Bolton 5-2 in the Football League Trophy, the weakness of their opponent doesn’t give much insight as to how Rochdale will cope with the competition.

However, some performances from their young players have given an insight as to what Rochdale could offer this season. These 2 youngsters, in particular, could see them surpass Man City u23s in the next round of the Football League Trophy…

Callum Camps

This 23-year-old local lad striker will be keen to put in a good performance against Man City u23s. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games so far in League One and is fast becoming one of competition’s most prolific forwards.

Aaron Morley

Morley, who is only 19, has become a first-choice midfielder for Barry-Murphy’s side. He has featured in 5 league games, scoring 2 goals and putting in some fantastic performances.

With Morley in the middle of the park and Camps up top, Rochdale’s attacking threat could be brutal over the coming years should they keep hold of these talents. Should they both feature against Man City u23s, they will most certainly cause their fellow footballing youngsters some serious problems.

If Rochdale start with these two and they’ll easily blow Bolton Wanderers’ youngsters away

Bolton Wanderers could be in for it after drawing Rochdale in the Carabao Cup…

The Wanderers have managed to scrape a team together by promoting youth players to regular first-team football.

Bolton sits in 23rd place after two games in League One, on -11 points. Just below is Bury is on -12, still waiting to kick off their campaign.

The shoehorned together squad of Bolton Wanderers have achieved a draw after a loss in the season so far. Rochdale have a draw and a win and proudly find themselves in 5th position on 4 points.

The two teams will face one another in the Carabao Cup at Spotland Stadium, making it all the more difficult for Bolton. Despite this, Bolton fans have been praised this season for showing immense support to their crumbling football club. Spurring their team on could inspire an upset. However, should Rochdale start either of these, it seems unlikely…

Ian Henderson

The 34-year-old striker bagged his 110th goal in League One after his double against Tranmere Rovers in a 3-2 victory. The quality he brings to the attacking play seems far beyond anything the Bolton Wanderers lineup could deal with.

Henderson has never had quite as much luck in front of goal in the Carabao Cup compared to the leagues. But towards the final stages of his career in a promising Rochdale side, we could see them go full throttle in the competition this year.

Aaron Morley

The 19-year-old midfielder has been entrusted so far this season and managed to bag himself his first goal against Doncaster, which sealed the point for his side. A game against a struggling Bolton in the Carabao Cup would be a perfect opportunity for the youngster to perform under pressure, but also allow him to build on the confidence of his goal.

Should Morley rise to the occasion, Bolton will be punished.

Rochdale making smart moves in the transfer window – Agree?

Rochdale have secured many futures at the club this summer from within their own ranks, is this enough to secure improvement?

Many reports have been confirmed about Rochdale successfully extending and/or renewing contracts for players both fresh and experienced from within their own ranks.

Favourites such as Aaron Wilbraham, who will turn 40 during his next season with Rochdale, wonderkid Aaron Morley, Brad Wade, Ollie Rathbone are all extending contracts. Matty Done also will remain at the Dale for a further two years.

Rochdale have also been securing their own future by giving professional contracts to their youth, so look out for the names Lewis Bradley, Harrison Hopper and Fabio Tavares. This certainly creates a buzz around the club as it demonstrates the faith they have in their youth, which can almost determine the future of an entire club.

By maintaining key and future players, Rochdale has allowed themselves to have a steady structure and both short term and long terms plans for the future, in which they can add the missing pieces to through transfers.

This busy summer window indicates that Rochdale are looking at a vast improvement going into the new season, and we could see a new Rochdale going forward.

Looking at Rochdale’s Twitter page, there are numerous posts celebrating the contract renewals and extensions which have taken place over this summer. However, the majority of responses follow the opinion that Rochdale needs to announce more new signings, in order to appease the quality of football as well as the excitement of the fans.

Rochdale’s past two seasons have resulted in a disappointing 16th place finish and a very frightening 20th place. They will surely be attempting to push past the mid-table point in the 19/20 season.

Two Players That Rochdale Fans Will Be Desperate to Sign a New Deal – Agree?

Following on from my previous articles it has been revealed that Brian Barry-Murphy has offered new terms to seven out of the nine players who out of contract this summer.

Namely Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Kgosi Ntlhe, Ollie Rathbone, Brad Wade & Aaron Wilbraham. Only Jordan Williams and Bradden Inman were informed that their services would no longer be required at Spotland next season.

With such a high number of potential renewals, it is likely that not all will accept. Out of the seven that Barry-Murphy wishes to retain, I would like to concentrate on two in particular…

Ollie Rathbone

I was quite surprised to learn that midfielder Ollie Rathbone’s contract was allowed to run down, as I would have been sitting him down to discuss terms long before this point. Many Rochdale fans will agree, it is vital he signs a new deal and doesn’t walk for free if they are to see some progression on the pitch. His endless energy and commitment to the cause is a vital cog in a fully fit Rochdale midfield.

Kgosi Ntlhe

The second player was considerably harder to pick as a couple of players seemingly played their way into new deals towards the end of the season, turning it on exactly when needed. The player I have chosen to focus on is Kgosi Ntlhe as he almost looked a different player upon return from his injury towards the back end of the season.

His impressive performances in the back four, chipping in with a couple of important goals, have almost certainly meant he will have at least another season at Spotland to kick on and showcase his talents on a more regular basis.

Aaron Wilbraham is also worth a mention as he was strongly considered for this article as similar to Ntlhe, he put in some big performances at the back end of the season and scored some crucial goals. His age is a factor though with him currently being 39, he surely can’t have many seasons left professionally. Depending on his wage demands it may ultimately be better looking elsewhere in the long run, but providing the finance package to retain him is reasonable, he maybe could be a good option.

Rochdale Announce Who’s Out The Door This Summer, As BBM Looks To The Future

Now that the dust has settled on another turbulent season for Rochdale in which they confirmed survival in the final weeks of the season, talk has turned to shape next seasons squad going forward under the management of Brian Barry-Murphy.

Currently, Defender, Kgosi Ntlhe, Midfielders, Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Ollie Rathbone, Goalkeeper, Brad Wade and Attackers, Aaron Wilbraham, Bradden Inman & Jordan Williams are out of contract this summer.

Loanees Joe Bunney, Zach Clough, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ethan Hamilton, Rory Holden & Rekeil Pyke will be returning to their parent clubs.

Brian Barry-Murphy will be keen to re-sign as many as possible of the out of contract players, to reinforce the form and consistency Rochdale showed towards the end of this season.

What appears to be most alarming to Dale supporters is the fact the club have let Ollie Rathbone’s contract dwindle. He is an important player for the club and, now holds all the cards in regard to the decision on his future. It is imperative he is offered a new deal as soon as possible to retain his services at Spotland.

Midfielder Matty Done is likely to be offered fresh terms as he is one of the elder statesmen of the team, and has a bit more to offer yet, wages dependent of course.

I believe that Keohane, Nlthe & Wilbraham late-season form will have done enough for them to be offered new contracts, as they showed enough about them to warrant BBM’s continuing faith in their abilities.

When it comes to Brad Wade & Aaron Morley I understand that they may have contract extension options. so hopefully these will be taken up. Wade is currently the only real option BBM has as back-up to first-choice keeper Josh Lillis, so he is more likely to be offered terms than Morley who didn’t feature often under the previous regime. Morley will want assurances from the new management team about his playing time, before considering any possible renewal if the club were to offer him one. I don’t think it would be a major surprise to many at Spotland to see him move on to seek more first-team action if, he didn’t get the assurances he wanted.

This leaves us with Bradden Inman and Jordan Williams who are out of a contract and are leaving the club. Bradden started the season well, scoring twice in a 2-1 win on an opening day away at Burton Albion, but since then has shown inconsistent form leading to him drifting in and out of the team and struggling to make any real impact when he has played.

Finally, Jordan Williams was one of few Rochdale players that a fee was paid for, rumoured to be around the 100k mark to Barrow a couple of seasons ago, so there would be a reluctance to let him go on a free, but despite an extended run in the team this season, he has looked like this level is maybe beyond him at this early stage in his career.

Rochdale Have a Great Chance To Gather Upward Momentum With These 2 Playing Today

Rochdale have a great chance to start to climb the table in the remainder of this month as I’ve previously mentioned.

I believe that starts today against Plymouth and these are 2 players I think should start the game as I believe they will only serve to strengthen Rochdale’s chances…

Aaron Morley

Aaron has found himself unlucky to have not had more game time this season down to factors mostly out of his control. He is competing for a midfield slot with a lot of players with; MJ Williams, Callum Camps, Oli Rathbone, David Perkins, Andy Cannon and Dan Adshead all competing for starts in the centre of midfield and Aaron seemingly has found himself back of that list which won’t of been helped by the real continued emergence of Adshead this season.

He has been forced to take his chances in the little Checkatrade Trophy action he has got this season, starting in games against Bury, Fleetwood and most recently Oldham.

I felt he had a good game when I saw him against Bury but he was out shadowed by debuting Luke Matheson that night, but Morley apparently had a really good game against Oldham the other night putting in what some deemed a Man of The Match performance.

Could he be about to get his chance in the league this weekend? I think he should do as I feel he deserves his chance and his performances when given the opportunity seem to back up my opinion.

Zach Clough

The most recent information I have been able to find on Zach Clough is that as of the 1st of December he was injured and in Keith Hill’s words he “keeps running into small injuries” so without any more recent information its fair to assume he is still injured.

But for the purposes of the article lets assume he is fit as even before his injuries he was only seemingly on the fringes of the first team struggling to get minutes, a lack of impact that many of the fans didn’t expect when he signed.

Now from what I have seen of Zach when he has played, you can tell at times he’s that cut above in terms of quality when he tries to make things happen and runs at defenders which is what you want.

I think he’s a very useful player to have on the pitch and is one of those that could come up with that moment of magic when required, but for whatever reason since his arrival he hasn’t had a run of games in the side only making bit part appearances and more recently unable to make the bench due to injury.

I think if he was to be available for selection he should have a role in the starting 11 on Saturday as I think he could play a useful role in unlocking Plymouth’s defence.